Louis van Gaal has insisted that Danny Welbeck, who joined Arsenal FC this summer, was not up to the standards required for Manchester United.
Danny Welbeck completed his much talked about move from Manchester United to rivals Arsenal on the deadline day for £16 million. His move was greeted with mixed reactions among the Arsenal fans, who were expecting a more ‘established’ striker to be signed in that window, following Olivier Giroud’s injury. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal might just have added a bit more spice to it, insisting Welbeck was not up to the standards required at Old Trafford.
Danny Welbeck has been at Manchester United since the age of eight, but the England international fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford. The arrival of Radamel Falcao on the deadline day also pushed him on the brink of move as he searched for regular first team action.
Welbeck has often been played out of position as a winger or wide forward for both United and England in the past and the 23-year-old has been craving for opportunities to play through the middle as a striker. Despite scoring only 29 goals in 142 appearances for Manchester United, Welbeck does have a good goal scoring record for England and once again showed glimpses of his ability as he scored a brace against Switzerland.
Louis van Gaal however feels that Welbeck was not up to the standard, especially in comparison to Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao. The Dutchman feels that Welbeck has had his chance and it is time for United to provide chances to other youngsters in the squad.
“I have given all the players a chance to convince me of their qualities. Yes, Danny Welbeck was here from when he was nine. He has played, after [his 2010-11 loan at] Sunderland, three seasons at Manchester United but he doesn’t have the record of [Robin] Van Persie or [Wayne] Rooney and that is the standard. That is why we let him go – because of Falcao but also the youngsters who can fit in.
“We spoke with Danny Welbeck and also Chicharito before there was the chance we could get Falcao. We have to be fair about that because, for example, I see in that part [of the pitch] we have a lot of youth that can fit in. That is the policy and that is why I am here – to do that transformation, in this new process.” – The Manchester United manager said.